It is easy to calculate, and you don't need a math degree. 4th Grade arithmetic will suffice.
I can buy more than 10 gallons of gasoline for one 2011 American Eagle silver dollar. The silver dollar is "legal tender" for all debts, public and private, according to the United States Mint, and authorized by the United States Congress. It has a stated value of "ONE DOLLAR" printed on at least 130 million of them minted since 1986. See:
"as legal tender, they're the only silver bullion coins whose weight and purity are guaranteed by the United States Government. "
I might have gotten the silver dollar by trading 30 paper dollars at a dollar broker. Or I might have gotten it in another trade. It is legal tender, after all. I then trade the silver dollar to the gas station for ten gallons of gasoline. The gas station might trade the silver dollar for paper dollars, or it might trade for a couple of cases of beer to stock it shelves.
One silver dollar divided by 10 gallons is one tenth of a dollar, $0.10, or ten cents per gallon. Simple fourth grade arithmetic. My gas guzzling SUV can go 160 miles on those ten gallons of gasoline. I sure am happy it only costs me a silver dollar to go that far!
It seems like it would be more advantageous to conduct our business using silver dollars instead of the "other" kinds of dollars that wrap well in a man's billfold. For one thing, the tax on a tenth of a silver dollar per gallon gasoline would be far less Imagine the savings on your grocery bill! For another, you would have to carry around far fewer dollars to pay your daily obligations. If you were paid for your work in silver dollars, and your work were taxed based on the number of dollars you earned, your taxable income would be reduced to one-thirtieth it's present rate.
It seems reasonable to consider this, unless, of course, the United States Government is engaged in fraud regarding their representation of the legal tender status of the silver dollars they sell, and would prosecute you criminally for failing to pay or account in paper dollars instead of silver ones.
Now you can make yourself an idol out of silver, or gold, or stone, or wood, or even out of the products of wood, like paper, which you might call greenbacks. You can probably even make an idol out of gasoline. But do not be mistaken, for those idols are the work of men’s hands -
5 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:
6 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:
7 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.
8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.
according to Psalm 115.
It always nice to recall that the grace of God cost us nothing.
1 Peter1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.